ITV has locked down the core cast for The Singapore Grip. Luke Treadaway (Ordeal By Innocence), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Jane Horrocks (Trollied), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Charles Dance OBE (Game Of Thrones), Elizabeth Tan (Coronation Street) and Georgia Blizzard (Thor: Ragnarok) have been set as the leads in the J.G. Farrell adaptation.
The Singapore Grip is set in Singapore, 1941 and follows Walter Blackett (David Morrissey), who is head of British Singapore’s oldest and most powerful firm alongside his business partner Webb (Charles Dance OBE). With Webb’s health failing, Walter needs to ensure the future of their firm is secure. He decides Webb’s son Matthew (Luke Treadaway) is the perfect match for his spoilt daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard).
Matthew’s idealism leaves Walter increasingly suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan), a mysterious Chinese refugee. Jane Horrocks plays Sylvia Blackett, Walter’s wife; while Colm Meaney plays Major Brendan Archer. Rounding out the cast is Luke Newberry (In The Flesh) as Walter’s son Monty, Bart Edwards (UnREAL) as Captain James Ehrendorf and Christoph Guybert (Falco) as Dupigny.
The Singapore Grip is based on J.G. Farrell’s novel of the same name that was first published in 1978 as the final entry in his Empire trilogy of novels. It was adapted for television by Christopher Hampton. Poldark and Victoria indie Mammoth Screen is producing the series, which is now filming in South East Asia. Farah Abushwesha is the series producer, while Victoria helmer Tom Vaughan is directing. Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer is the executive producer. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle international sales.
“For me, J.G. Farrell and Christopher Hampton is the absolute dream team – two of the finest writers this country has ever produced. Forty years after it was first written, bringing The Singapore Grip to the screen is a passion project for all of us”, said executive producer Damien Timmer. “It’s an exceptionally well-crafted novel which has been adapted with unique flair and mischief by Christopher. It’s a privilege to be making this for ITV, and we hope this hugely entertaining and exotic saga will be a memorable treat for the audience.”